Centre’s Wildlife Division points pointers to States on containing avian flu

‘It’s requested to maintain strict vigil on the wintering habits of migratory birds, together with wetlands, for any mortality or illness outbreak indicators’, says a round

The Surroundings Ministry’s wildlife division has written to States to take “all attainable steps” to comprise the spread of avian flu.

These embrace stepping up surveillance and monitoring of the birds. Presently States ship tissue samples of birds suspected to harbour the virus to the ICAR-Nationwide Institute of Excessive Safety Animal Illness, Bhopal.

Samples from Himachal Pradesh have been confirmed optimistic for H5N1 avian influenza, says a Ministry notice dated January 4.

Avian flu sees periodic cycles in India however to this point has not seen the causative virus soar onto individuals and be transmissible. “Massive variety of migratory birds go to India on this season. Motion of birds to wetlands can be attainable. It’s requested to maintain strict vigil on the wintering habits of migratory birds, together with wetlands, for any mortality or illness outbreak indicators,” the wildlife division round issued late on Tuesday notes.

Nonetheless, the notice says, the rules issued are “generic “ in nature. Thus employees concerned in culling operations ought to put on rubber gloves and protecting clothes that may be disinfected or disposed of, use protecting eyewear and must be taking an influenza antiviral drug each day for the time that they’re in direct contact with contaminated birds or in a containment zone.

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